On Exploring a Place Water Falls

For those celebrating Christmas, I hope you had a wonderful holiday. For others, I hope your day was a good one.

For the time between Christmas Day and the new year, I want to provide posts that will capture your imagination. I call these theย Exploringย series with each featuring a short introduction and a video – all with hopes of getting interesting comments.

Watch, enjoy, and share your thoughts about this computer animation of an actual masterpiece.

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54 thoughts on “On Exploring a Place Water Falls

  1. Have not been to Fallingwater, but I certainly recognized it right away. D1 had several Frank Loyd Wright designs posted on the wall of her room. We did travel West several times always taking a trip to Paradise Valley (Scottsdale) AZ to visit Taliesin West. I remember the docent touring us through the school saying one of the assignments students have is to build a habitat from materials from their surroundings and suitable for the desert.

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  2. D1 attended ASU, so we traveled west several times including a visit to Taliesin West. I have never visited Fallingwater but recognize it from the drawings of it D1 had in her room of it and a feature in Smithsonian some time ago. I remember the docent who gave us a tour of TW telling us one of the assignments of students who attend the school is to build a habitat using local materials and one that can provide shelter in the desert.

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    • Georgette,
      Interesting how this stimulates different thoughts in different people. In your case, interesting that D1 and her studies linked to this. Fascinating … so thanks for sharing … and now I’m wondering about Taliesin West. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Audra,
      Glad you enjoyed today bit of exploration … and glad it triggered the thought of interesting architecture in your state. Thanks for the link … very interesting … That church caught me a bit off guard. Meanwhile, more exploring tomorrow.

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  3. I have seen this video along with several others done by Cristobal Vila! They are masterpieces in and of themselves. I learned about Frank Lloyd Wright’s work many years ago while studying Industrial Design at Georgia Tech, although I’ve never actually visited any of the houses he designed. But Falling Waters would definitely be at the top of the list.

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    • Cathy,
      I too have seen others from Cristobal Vila, but I won’t say more. ๐Ÿ˜‰ …. thus I deleted your link.

      Because you studied industrial design, I imagine you would love to see any or all of his homes. Besides, you also have the keen eye for catching the nuances. Like you, I haven’t been to any other, but I guess I should make it a point. Besides, only a few hours from me is a small city loaded with architectural gems … http://www.columbus.in.us/listings/index.cfm?catId=336 … and I have yet to visit. It just may have to be a day trip during warm weather.

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  4. There is no doubt that FLW was brilliant in his visions for edifices that did not mar the natural landscape but whose sole purpose was to add to the beauty of the surrounding environment. He did not, however, treat his wives, children and family, students, colleagues, friends and acquaintances with the same caring and concern that energized his brilliance for architectural form and detail. Sometimes the human environment pays the price for genius. Sparkle? Not so much…

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    • Raye,
      I don’t know much about FLW, so thanks for the extra bit of info. Interesting how with the addition of brilliance is offset by the subtraction of something else … and in this case, on the respect of other side.

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  5. Well, my internet hates me..when I clicked on the video, it told me it was restricted and go to youtube. I’ll see if I can youtube Falling Water and find it! (maybe I will get lucky)

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    • Hood,
      Maybe it has something to do with Arkansas. ๐Ÿ˜‰ … Sometimes, the clicking the message will direct you to the video. You can also right click, select Copy URL, then paste it … all worth a try.

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      • Hey! You’re a genius! It worked! (and it was really cool)
        I’ve always loved water falls – we have some great ones at the lake I go to and a hidden one at the river that only flows after a lot of rain.

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  6. The architect in me just loves the rebuilding of the house! The programmer in me says they still haven’t conquered water in computer animation. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a lovely piece. Water is just so chaotic and controlled at the same time, that a computer just can’t wrap its’ head around a proper portrayal, especially of water in motion. But soon!
    (Yeah, I’m an inveterate nitpicker. Just one of the things that makes me so .. unique! And yes, I hear you yelling “Thank GOD there’s only one of him!” ๐Ÿ˜€ )

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  7. I agree with the commenters who proclaimed you a “cool magnet.”

    This house reminds me of the Van Dam house in North by Northwest. In fact, I looked it up to see if it was the same (I have a lousy memory for details.) I’ve never been a big FLW fan. But I could never live in this house. The sound of constant running water would keep me in the bathroom all day!

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    • Elyse,
      You don’t need anymore BR time, so at least you know your limits. Interesting how opinions vary about architects and style. After all, its a field where one size definitely does not fit all.

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  8. Being a kitchen designer who lived for a significant chunk of time near Wright’s Chicagoland masterpieces, I am a huge fan of Frank Lloyd Wright. Although I have yet to make it to visit Falling Water, it has always been one of my favorites from his portfolio. This video was beautifully crafted and did the structure justice. Loved it!

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  9. I’d heard of this house but never seen it. I suppose I still haven’t but the computer animation was very good. As someone interested in construction I’d love to build a place like this, but I wouldn’t want to live it ๐Ÿ™‚

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  10. I’ve always wanted to tour one of his homes, and this was a nice substitute for now. Although I have an older home, I really do like contemporary design. If I could start my life all over again, I’d go in that direction. LOL! I am sure to enjoy your series, Frank. Great for the new year!

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  11. Frank! Great to stop by. I just stopped by Laurie’s Place (do you know who I’m speaking of?). Grin.

    Ok. Once again, you’ve outdone yourself. The music is spectacular. The music with the computer animation is perfectly done, and I’m not one to care much about computer animation. My husband has noted the song (he’s a big fan of all things music, and a computer “geek” (his words, not mine)).

    My mom is a HUGE FLW fan. She has every book, knows every fact, and has visited most of his homes, this one included. My brother lives in Oak Park, IL…need I say more? ๐Ÿ™‚ We love our architecture and hx.

    My thoughts: It proves to me that FLW has captured the hearts of people over numerous generations for many reasons: what he loved is universal. Heart, soul, nature, creating beautiful things, melding nature into our human lives…I could go on.

    I wish you the very best in 2014. Working remotely and not doing much over here until another 10 days or so… ๐Ÿ™‚

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  12. Frank, first of all โ€ฆ I love the music โ€“ Moldau by Bedล™ich Smetana, he wrote this piece while he lived in Gothenburg. I just love it. The building is amazing โ€ฆ. Water is one thing we and the nature canโ€™t be without. Thanks for sharing this. Eye and ear candy – perfect for my light lunch.

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  13. A visionary who had an unusual take on architecture. His minimalistic
    style is masterful. He created and designed without intruding on space.
    I haven’t been to Falling Waters – which, by now, I really should have – but
    as an art major I believe he is a part of every professors lectures.
    Great !!!

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    • Isadora,
      I appreciate an artist’s perspective of this special place. i knew it was in Pennsylvania, but PA is a big state, so until several minutes ago, I didn’t know where in the state it was.

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  14. Though we drove through the area, we were “too busy” to stop in. The wife wouldn’t even allow me to pull five miles off the highway to see where the fifth 9/11 plane went down. It’s gorgeous Frank. ๐Ÿ™‚

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